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What is our IoT Security Assessment?

In essence, the internet of things (IoT) is a network of physical objects connected to the internet, software, alongside other hardware and networks.

This enables the objects to gather and exchange information as well as be controlled remotely. Such devices can include everyday physical assets such as cars, houses, cities, laptops, mobile phones, smartwatches, medical devices (e.g., pacemakers), routers, security cameras, refrigerators, and a large variety of other electronic devices.

Nonetheless, although this revolutionary potential that IoT presents makes our lives much more convenient, it is still imperative for corporations to remain aware of and address the security risks that come along with the entire package. In particular, it comes with no surprise to learn that the internet is arguably a very insecure platform where anything could potentially be hacked.

Given that IoT devices are, by definition, linked to the internet, this presents a security problem as they would be vulnerable to external hacking. In particular, compromised data security, the misuse of IoT devices, or the disruption of their functionality are expected outcomes of IoT device security breaches. For instance, typical cyber-threats on IoT devices include the Mirai Botnet Attack, which involves the Mirai malware (also known as the Mirai Botnet) infecting, taking over, and controlling IoT devices. Consequently, the malware would be able to utilise these devices to establish a botnet and launch cyberattacks on corporations. Besides that, another variant of peer-to-peer (P2P) botnet by the name "Mozi" was discovered in recent years (2019, specifically) to be notorious for its exploitation of weak Telnet passwords to infiltrate vulnerable IoT devices rapidly. Therefore, regularly performing IoT security assessments would be an excellent way for companies to assure the safety of their connected electronic assets.

Thus, IoT security assessments refer to the procedure of assessing IoT devices to pinpoint weaknesses in their security systems that malicious unauthorised users may target in order to gain access to a business network.

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Why is IoT Security Assessment so Important?

Companies are expected to have concerns over their IoT security as the ever-increasing number of smart devices used for business operations in our world today opens up a much broader attack surface for cyber-attacks. In other words, the number of entry points available for hackers nowadays is massive. Hence, there is no doubt that companies could face severe consequences if they were caught off-guard from unexpected security breaches because these attacks might lead to exceptional financial losses, data and identity theft, compliance issues, or in the worst-case scenario, grave reputational damages to both the business as well as the IoT device manufacturer. Therefore, the frequent testing of IoT ecosystems is vital for companies to ensure their IoT devices do not result in more trouble than they are worth.

As a result, IoT security assessments are extremely beneficial, as they provide companies with a bird's eye view of the current security posture for the IoT ecosystem alongside the secureness of each product. This, in turn, empowers businesses to select the appropriate guidance to maintain the defensibility of each IoT product architecture. In the long run, such practices can increase the management's, customers', and investors' confidence in the foundation of security throughout the corporation's IoT ecosystem and the business as a whole.

Techniques Used to Perform IoT Security Assessments

There is a myriad of ways in which Mindfire can conduct a proper assessment of IoT device security in your organisation:

IoT penetration testing

This is a form of IoT security testing in which Mindfire's cybersecurity professionals search for and exploit vulnerabilities in an IoT product architecture.

Threat modelling

This process is designed to identify plausible cyber threats that an IoT device is at risk of encountering and the specific methods which a third-party hacker may employ to bypass its security systems.

Firmware analysis

This entails the study of firmware (i.e., a type of software with a designated function used on embedded devices and mini-computers) to determine potential security issues like backdoors and buffer overflows.


Best Practices for a Successful IoT Security Assessment

When you hire Mindfire to conduct an IoT assessment, we don’t just carry out the test, we also provide advice to help your company implement effective strategies, best practices and industry best standards to maintain the security and resilience of your IoT devices. Such best practices include constantly changing default credentials, incorporating solid encryption features for data storage and transportation, carrying out regular preventative monitoring and management of IoT devices, and implementing secure booting for your IoT ecosystem. In addition, we help you to programme your IoT device software to self-destruct upon breaking down or infiltration by unwanted third parties.

IoT Security Assessment Process Step-by-Step

An effective IoT security assessment process involves a number of steps.

Perform an in-depth reconnaissance

Mindfire’s cyber security professionals will perform an in-depth reconnaissance of the different IoT product applications, features, architecture, and security controls.

Full-scale "red team" attack strategy

We then plan a full-scale "red team" attack strategy to simulate real-time cyber threats.

Running vulnerability scanners

Once the attack is completed, Mindfire's professionals will proceed with running vulnerability scanners across the entire IoT ecosystem to hunt for potential entry points and common platform vulnerabilities.

Conduct penetration testing

Next, we conduct penetration testing using in-house tools, custom scripts, and open-source exploits to attempt device penetration and thereby test its level of security. PENIOT, specifically, serves as a famous example of a penetration testing tool, which is used to evaluate IoT device security by deliberately targeting their internet connectivity via a variety of simulated cyber-attacks.

Final report detailing all of the identified weak points

Upon completion of all IoT security tests, we will put together a final report detailing all of the identified weak points in your company's IoT security system. In this report, we will highlight the nature, impact, and severity of each weak point and provide an actionable checklist of all crucial security measures that your business could consider investigating in order to eliminate them altogether.

Additional consultation sessions

If necessary, our team can also hold additional consultation sessions to elaborate on the vulnerabilities found in specific IoT product architectures on top of the recommendations listed in the IoT security assessment report.

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